Question Should I use my Arctic Liquid Freezer 360 AIO Without the PCB cover?

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I've just collected all the parts for my PC build and it appears there is a Motherboard clearance issue with a portion of the PCB cover on the pump of the arctic liquid freezer ii. They go on to say in the manual that "The function and safety of the Liquid Freezer II is not affected.". Despite this claim, I wanted your opinions. Will it be alright to run it without that portion of the cover or should I provide proof of purchase and wait for the revised one? I'd hate to mess something up. thank you for your help.

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PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i9-12900K 3.2 GHz 16-Core Processor | $618.77 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler | ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $112.05 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard | $469.99 @ ASUS
Memory | G.Skill Trident Z5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL36 Memory |-
Storage | Samsung 980 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $329.22 @ Amazon
Video Card | EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 24 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card | $3195.40 @ Amazon
Case | Fractal Design Meshify 2 ATX Mid Tower Case | $174.00 @ B&H
Power Supply | Corsair HX Platinum 1200 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $195.99 @ Amazon
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | $108.78 @ Other World Computing
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $5204.20
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-19 18:43 EST-0500 |
 

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I want to mention to anyone who comes across this post looking to do the same thing. Some of the z690 motherboards have their socket moved off to the right further than previous sockets. This means that some cases such as my meshify 2 completely prevent the motherboard from being installed due to the thickness of the backplate. Below is a post of another person having the issue and the case modification they made to allow for the meshify to funciton. I will likely do the same.

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